Mastering a Skill


Daily Photo

I’ve been working on photographing people.

This was taken towards the end of a day spent mastering the Lucas mill.



  • This is just a gorgeous portrait. I love the colors, the framing, and the intent look on Hardy’s face and in the attitude of his body. Beautiful work!

  • great photo/expression. I love the blues of the tattoo peeking through the blue shirt.

  • I love when a photo can tell a story – especially when it’s of a person. Great job.

  • Great shot.

    What is the Lucas mill?

  • A Lucas Mill is a machine for milling lumber from logs. Hardy doesn’t like buying lumber if he can cut down his own trees and mill them himself. He takes the expression “doing things from scratch” to a whole new level.
    I spent an afternoon with Kevin, Hardy and a friend watching them learn how to operate the machine. It takes math, intuition, and a sense of joy in big “toys” and working with nature to create what you need.

    Kinda chokes me up actually.

  • Hardy created the iron work fence and fabulous gate at the Mateel. He is a true artist and a wonderful person. Nice shot of a fine fellow! Good for you. You know, 20 years ago we built the hall. It seems like someone should organize a reunion. There are a lot of old schoolers around here that could get appreciated and thanked for those efforts. There are those here now who have no memories of those days, months, years when those community members donated their hard labor at skilled jobs to make a dream come to fulfillment. Maybe if they met Hardy in person they would have the chance to thank him for the gate that has swung so perfectly for 20 years. They could thank John and Chris and Peter and Mark and Jim and Tbone and Jerry and Paulie and Segurd and Barbara and Bruce and Andy and Phillie Bob and Ned Bob and Coco and Howard and Charlie and Paul… this list can really go on and on. A lot of us built the Mateel. We became a really big family doing it.
    It would be a fine gathering to attend filled with respect and joy and fun. Some people we couldn’t thank would appreciate the effort . David Cantalope and Mark Winthers and Billy Bunda and Les Glover come to mind. Do you know that Carol Bruno and Joan Haafenecker and Celeste Pinney and Barbara Truitt and many more made lunch for the crew everyday, day in day out? I know because I chronicled the job with my cameras from ground breaking to triumphant official opening when David Lindley just about killed us all with a memorable concert which included the best version of Mercury Blues I ever have heard. It is amazing what I remember during a browse through those old images. The first actual concert played there was by the original version of the Lost Coast Marimba Band. They played in front of the fire place George and Ollie and others created for us all. That fireplace was the scene of the first meal cooked in the new hall. During a ceremonial first lighting of the fireplace Paulie henniger roasted some hot dogs on a stick for Barbara Truitt. He is still feeding people all these years later.
    I am happy to see your portrait of Hardy because it reminds me of my friends doing what they do best for all of the right reasons.
    For me; your picture had a story with many more than a thousand words.
    Something I have experienced across the years is that a “given” picture of a person usually has more magic than a “taken” picture. Engagement is the key to that magic.

  • I worked with Hardy milling the lumber for the adobe house. Lifting off each slab was like opening a surprise package, revealing the unique grain, markings and colors of the wood, some of the most beautiful of which were caused by early-stage rot, unfortunately.

  • I did a lot of sawmilling for Hardy when I lived down there. He always did something creative and interesting with the lumber. That’s cool that he finally bought a mill.

    I should stop by and say hello sometime, it’s been many years since I’ve visited his place.

    Great portrait, by the way.

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